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belhshed by his associates and he resigned. 

Later I went to one of the dismal normal schools that 
nourished throughout the country twenty years ago. I had 
read more widely than most of my instructors. The "bunk" 
in education bored me. Twittering about squirrels and birds 
sentimentalizing over flowers, being sweet over nothing— 
this was nature study. I worked at mathematics and Latin 
and helped my fellow-students creep out of the dormitory. 
I did not myself steal out because it was not exciting 
enough in comparison with the life of intrigue against so- 
cial pressure that I always led. One dormitory head was 
not nearly so hard to manage as were the several persons I 
had always heretofore needed to build defenses against. 

When, at last a responsible person, I was teaching 
school away from home, life was less zestful and thrilling 
than in my parents' house. Here were no rules to break. I 
played cards gladly for one winter and have since then 
found them boresome. Dancing and flirting charmed me 
then and do still, but then as now I regarded them as trifles, 
not pssentials. I was unmotivated and, except when I 



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